Advanced Documentary Production Techniques:

Workshop participants set up and film an interview session in the classroom/studio.  Each participant will have the chance to ask questions of an interviewee.  On location in the field participants will work with a field producer or director as a crew member in a real doc/reality production.

Participants will learn how to lead a crew in the production of a segment, conduct an interview, work with a videographer in choosing camera positions and locations, and finding shots that tell a story.  Participants will also learn how to interact as a crew member or as a field producer.

Jeffry Silverman

An award-winning filmmaker and writer from Anchorage, Jeff co-founded Blueberry Productions in 1994.

Among a number of award-winning documentary productions, he produced and directed several films that are permanently exhibited in Anchorage.  Since opening day in 1999, “Stories Given, Stories Shared,” a 17-minute documentary, has introduced thousands of visitors and school children to Alaska Native cultures.  The film has been used for years by the Heritage Center and government agencies in cultural orientation courses.  Anchorage’s “PlanetWalk” scale model of the solar system features Jeff’s half hour exploration of Native storytelling, “Native Stories of the Heavens,” in a large interpretive panel at the sun station, downtown at 5th and G.

Since 1999 Jeff has produced the live TV broadcast coverage of the Alaska Federation of Natives annual Convention, adding an interactive webcast seven years ago.   He directed seven years of North Country News, a half-hour weekly TV magazine that focused on rural and Native issues, airing on statewide public television.

Jeff produced, co-wrote, and directed the award-winning feature documentary “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska,” broadcast nationally on PBS in 2009 and 2010.

He has field produced for several national reality shows and is currently developing a doc series for a major network as well as an original fiction series.